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Use of same mobile phone by many can spread infection: Govt

It gives rise to bacterial pathogens

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


Handling of a mobile phone by different persons can lead to spread of as it gives rise to bacterial pathogens, the government said on Friday.

Minister of State for Faggan Singh Kulaste in a written reply in said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued guidelines on "hospital control" to reduce infections in hospitals in general.

"Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has informed that in a recent study conducted by Pal et al. In 2015, on 386 participants, it was found that 81.8 per cent and 80 per cent hand swabs showed bacterial pathogen growth. Directorate General of Services has informed that there is risk of spread of by handling same mobile phone set by different people without taking proper precautions of hand hygiene," he said.

He was asked whether scientists have warned that spread infections in hospitals.

Kulaste said has issued guidelines on 'Hospital Control' to reduce infections in hospitals in general.

He said the government has not conducted any survey about the number of persons who get infections in hospitals in the country.

First Published: Fri, February 03 2017. 16:50 IST